Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness

The saint is shown in the wilderness and dressed in camel hair, in reference to Matthew 3: 1-4, and Mark 1: 4-6.

The painting achieved some fame in the 18th century, when it was thought to be by Murillo, although it is possible that there is studio intervention. It was owned from 1787-89 by the artist Gainsborough.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1617 - 1682
Full title
Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness
Date made
1660-70
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
120 x 105.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
NG3938
Location in Gallery